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Whale Rider

2003-01-30 | Drama / Family
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On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea's direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.

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Whale Rider FAQ

The release date of Whale Rider is January 30, 2003.
The director of Whale Rider is Niki Caro.
The casts of Whale Rider are Keisha Castle-Hughes starring as Paikea Apirana, Rawiri Paratene starring as Koro, Vicky Haughton starring as Nanny Flowers, Cliff Curtis starring as Porourangi, Grant Roa starring as Uncle Rawiri, Mana Taumaunu starring as Hemi.
Whale Rider won 2003 BAFTA Awards, 2003 Sundance Film Festival, 2002 Toronto International Film Festival, 2004 Critics Choice Awards, 2004 Film Independent Spirit Awards, 2004 Gold Derby Awards, 2004 International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA), 2004 Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival, 2004 Online Film & Television Association, 2004 Online Film Critics Society Awards and 11 others.
The certification of Whale Rider is PG-13.
On May 25, 2023, the IMDB rating of Whale Rider is 7.5/10, Rotten Tomato rating is 91/100, Metacritic rating is 80/100, TMDB rating is 7.0/10.
The production budget of Whale Rider was 8,000,000 USD.
The revenue of Whale Rider was 41,400,000 USD.
The genre of Whale Rider is Drama,Family.
On May 25, 2023, there were 5742 public reaction to Whale Rider including Family Drama, mythology extending, foster father, comforting, proof positive.
The runtime of Whale Rider is 101 minutes.